Comfort in textiles and clothing

P026_0425_ Results of the SHAPE project

  • Benny Malengier
  • Simona Vasile
  • Joris Cools
  • Frank Deruyck
  • Yetanawork Wubneh Teyeme
  • Lieva Van Langenhove


The overall objective of SHAPE project (Adapted Performance Sportswear) is to develop comfortable and well-fitted sportswear for athletes whose body shapes differ from the average population. Body measurements of professional cyclists and rowers were extracted from 3D scans and compared with average Belgian population. Variation of body measurements and skin-sportswear interface pressure upon rowing and cycling postures was additionally investigated. Significant differences were found between rowers and average Belgian males. Rowing and cycling postures had significant influence on most body measurements and pressure. Fit of prototypes developed based on SHAPE-body sizing charts was positively validated by male rowers. Large number of cyclists critically evaluated their present outfit including fit and comfort. Two prototypes were designed according to individual needs of Gsport cyclists and their functionality, comfort and fit were positively evaluated.

Keywords: anthropometry, elite athletes, sportswear, fit, comfort

How to Cite:

Malengier, B. & Vasile, S. & Cools, J. & Deruyck, F. & Teyeme, Y. & Van Langenhove, L., (2019) “P026_0425_ Results of the SHAPE project”, Proceedings of the 19th World Textile Conference - Autex 2019 , 3.

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Published on
04 Sep 2019
Peer Reviewed